Posted by: Witch Doctor | July 6, 2009

A rich datamine for sale?

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In the UK, health is in danger of becoming a valuable commodity to be bought and sold.

Oil, gold, copper, data are all valuable commodities.

Health Data could prove to be a very, very valuable commodity to be bought and sold.

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VALUABLE HEALTH DATA?

“Health records could be transferred to Google or Microsoft under a Tory government, The Times has learnt.

Patients will be given the option of moving their medical notes to private companies after the Conservatives said that they would replace Labour’s “centrally determined and unresponsive national IT system”.

Do Patients opt in or opt out?

Nobody seems to know.

There will, however, be no monopoly. It seems there will be competition in the marketplace for the acquisition of health data.

“The Conservatives have not worked out what would happen to the data of those who do not want their medical records handed to the private sector. The source added: “We are 100 per cent certain there will not be an exclusive deal with one provider. We fully expect multiple providers that will almost certainly be free to users.”


MORE HERE

Now the sweetener……

This is being packaged as part of a new “Post-Bureaucratic Age,” of ever diminishing quangos.

The punters will like that, won’t they My Black Cat?

Then, surely, surely, they won’t opt out…..

Goodness gracious, The Witch Doctor takes her eye off the ball for six weeks and comes back to discover A New Age is being born.

Whatever next?

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